Find the best lunchbox ideas with this go-to list of favorites. With ideas that work sent cold in a lunchbox or warmed in a thermos.
Whether from leftovers or cooked to pack on purpose, mac and cheese is a great lunch option. You can also add peas to a box of mac and cheese,
Pesto Pasta salad is an all-time favorite lunch recipe since it’s so versatile (you can make it very basic or add tomatoes, white beans, diced cucumber, or chicken).
This savory muffin works really well to make ahead and to warm and pack in a thermos. It has carrots right in the mix.
Pair turkey, cheese, and lettuce with a whole grain tortilla for a super simple wrap lunch ideas. Add freeze-dried strawberry slices, a banana, sliced apples, or edamame on the side.
Pack a fast lunch relying on hummus and pita—or hummus and crackers, tortilla, or even pretzels.
Think “cheese plate” when assembling this lunch and include a mix of food groups to satisfy. Fresh veggies, fruit, cheese, and crackers can be packed together for a range of ages.
These meatballs are great cold or warm and are one of our favorite easy lunch options.
Change up a classic sandwich into these fun roll-ups. Add easy sides to round out this meal.
We love pancakes for dinner and for lunch and you can pack them at eat cold or packed in a thermos to eat warm. Add a dip on the side.
A make-ahead grain salad can feed a family lunch throughout the week and this quinoa salad is our favorite. Add diced ham and corn if you like.
– Pack the lunchbox with an ice pack in an insulated bag to keep it cold. – Do your best with the portion size and include enough food for your child.